As leaders, we are always one step away from failure. Or at least that’s what we think. Risk-taking is imperative for personal and organizational growth. There are two types of risk. The classic risk which is a “Go for it. All or nothing” approach. And then there’s strategic risk, which is a constant shift towards process changes that aren’t as drastic and won’t put your company in danger. It’s obvious that taking any type of risk can be uncomfortable, however being safe and doing nothing can be even more destructive.
If you’ve been playing it safe now is the perfect time to consider taking calculated risks to keep your personal, professional and/or business energized and moving forward.
Here are three smart risks every leader should take:
- Stand for what you believe in. This moves you and your team or organization from going with the flow to envisioning what could be.
- Engage and have fun with your team. Getting to know your team will help you become a better leader. Understanding their likes, dislikes and personality style will help you motivate and reward in ways that are meaningful to them.
- Give someone a second chance. When someone fails it’s easy to give the task to someone else, but when we give people the opportunity to learn and grow, together we produce extraordinary results.
Whether you want to be a great CEO, mom or dad I believe taking calculated risks will help you become a better leader.
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